2013 NFL Draft

2013 NFL Draft Order: Teams That Should Look to Trade Down in 1st Round

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 07:  Andy Reid poses with Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt during a press conference introducing Reid as the Kansas City Chiefs new head coach on January 7, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2013

The Kansas City Chiefs would love to trade down out of the No. 1 overall pick into the middle of the first round in the 2013 NFL draft.

The Chiefs aren't the only team that will look to trade down in Round 1 this April, either.

This isn't the year of the quarterback, and this year's draft class, while extremely deep, isn't particularly loaded with blue-chip players at the top of the draft. For many of the NFL's worst teams, this isn't a great year to own a top pick—especially when the team's greatest need is a franchise quarterback.

Here are a few teams that will certainly be looking for trade partners when the first round of the 2013 NFL draft goes down.

 

Kansas City Chiefs (No. 1 Overall)

New head coach Andy Reid needs a quarterback, but general manager John Dorsey needs to make sure he gets excellent value for his picks. Taking a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick wouldn't accomplish that goal.

Sure, the Chiefs could take Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 overall pick, and you wouldn't hear any pundits argue with that selection. But the team could parlay the top pick away for a bevy of picks (both this year and in the future), should it find a willing trade partner.

If the Chiefs could somehow induce another team to move up to the No. 1 overall pick, they'd haul in a treasure trove of value. The biggest obstacle in this scenario is that the team willing to make such a deal would have to be enamored by one of the top prospects in the draft.

Joeckel is certainly an attractive player, and he may well turn out to be one of the best tackles we've seen in years. But it's hard to imagine any team giving up multiple first-round picks to land him.

Guys like Star Lotulelei, Dee Milliner and Chance Warmack are all extremely attractive prospects, but again, it's hard to envision a scenario where any team would be willing to cough up multiple first-round picks to land them.

As much as Kansas City would love to trade down, it's not likely going to happen unless one team falls head over heels in love with one of the top quarterbacks.

 

Oakland Raiders (No. 3 Overall)

General manager Reggie McKenzie once again finds himself working with less-than-ideal conditions in this year's draft. Oakland owns just five picks to this point, since the team won't be picking in the second or fifth round.

Remember, he only had six picks last year and none came before the team's compensatory pick at the end of the third round. 

For a team with needs at almost every conceivable position, the best thing Oakland could do would be to trade down and stock up on picks.

NBC Bay Area's Doug Williams believes there could be a market for the team's first-round pick:

As the draft approaches and McKenzie knows more specifically what his roster looks like, and what type of talent is available from the 2013 draft class, he may get an offer for his No. 3 selection that will be just too good to refuse.

If Joeckel were to fall to No. 3, it's conceivable that a team in desperate need of a franchise tackle might make a move to land him, considering the Philadelphia Eagles (No. 4 overall) and Detroit Lions (No. 5 overall) could both draft him.

And if Smith were to still be available, it's not crazy to think that perhaps the Buffalo Bills (No. 8 overall) could be enticed to trade up in order to land a franchise quarterback, given the fact that the Arizona Cardinals (No. 7 overall) might also be hot on the talented signal-caller.

 

New York Jets (No. 9 Overall)

New York is facing a desperate salary-cap situation in 2013. As a result, new general manager John Idzik has already been busy since taking over for Mike Tannenbaum, cutting Bart Scott, Calvin Pace and three other veterans to clear up much-needed cap space.

As we already alluded to in the opening, this year's draft isn't loaded with blue-chip players. NFL Network's Mike Mayock said in a recent conference call, via ESPN.com, "I wouldn't want a top-10 pick this year. I think the fifth pick in the draft and the 25th pick in this draft are very similar." 

The Jets have many needs.

The team's offensive line and defensive line are both in disrepair, and as usual, New York is looking for a pass-rusher. Given the fact that the Jets have so many needs, it would be a smart move for Idzik to look for a trade partner, giving New York an extra pick or two.

The team might be facing a scenario where it could take a player with big upside but big risk like Barkevious Mingo at No. 9. Or it could look for a team that is enamored with Mingo, Dion Jordan or another player that may have fallen, like Dee Milliner, and move down into the middle or late-first round.

Personally, I'd prefer to move the pick and give myself more chances to land quality players.

 

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